Getting Started with Digital Music Production

Combine arts and technology to create your own music with digital music production. There are many software and hardware options to record, mix, and create your own beats.

If you'd like to learn more about getting started with these tools, we've got resources to explore this technology at home and in the community.

Ableton at the Library

At the library, you can attend a class to learn more about creating digital music with Ableton Push music controllers and the Ableton Live software. Library staff will guide you through some of the basics and let you explore your musical creativity.


Read about digital music concepts or get started with some of the tools you'll need to learn.

The Art of Digital Music

Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio

Ableton Live 7 Power!

Pro Tools 9

Modern Recording Techniques

Online Resources

  • Use your library card number and password to explore's collection of audio and music video tutorials, including in-depth tutorials on using specific music production tools and important musical concepts
  • Sound on Sound: Online version of the world's premier music recording technology magazine with articles, reviews, tutorials, and more.
  • Tape Op: Online magazine about the art of recording music, focusing on interviews with creators.
  • IDM Forums: Forum to discuss digital music creation with other creators.

Education and Career

If digital music production interests you, think about taking classes in school or pursuing it as a career. Any musical education will be helpful, whether you're playing an instrument or learning about music theory and composition, so explore the elective courses available at your school. There are also a range of college programs and majors that can lead to a career working with digital music, whether at a vocational school, community college, or four-year college.

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